Integrated water resources management (IWRM)



 © 2014 Karl Schuler / SDC

IWRM is an umbrella topic for SDC, being operationalized  through the principle of sustainable water resources management. The key challenge is balancing an increasing water demand with constant water availability, use the resource within the regeneration capacity and allocate water equitably and efficiently, whilst avoiding internal/intrastate conflicts for its different uses: water for people, for food, for nature and for industrial use. At the same time, a balance has to be found between human rights, protection of the environment and market forces, whilst triggering the potential of cooperation for transforming tensions on water uses into peace building.

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